Exploring the Back Roads of Pedasí

My soul was full of excitement. I have been traveling with my family so this opportunity to explore solo was something I had not done in  such a long time. I was on a expedition with nothing but my camera and myself. I saw a few signs pointing to a few beaches and I headed toward that direction.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Before I could even leave the town square area, I noticed  a lot of mural art. The murals depicted Panamanian life and culture.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

There were wall paintings of  La Pollera which is a traditional folklore one-piece skirt that indigenous and African-descent Panamanian women wear in festivals and celebrations. These skirts are floral designed and reflects the intense feminism of the Panamanian women. There are so many variations of the pollera dress that it changes in each region of the country. I was actually surprising my wife with a custom-made pollera dress at the time.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.
Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

The men also have traditional folklore clothing called the Montuno. The Montuno is the white long-sleeve shirt and closed neck dress shirt that Panamanian men wear along with long black pants, a traditional straw hat with black lines called el sombrero pintao,  a small bag hanging on the left side of the body called la chacara, and black and white shoes called las chinelas. I felt a strong sense of nostalgia because you do not see these types of murals in the United States.

Mural depicting the Panamanian man in a typical Montuno. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.
Mural depicting the Panamanian man in a typical Montuno. Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

I was so excited to explore solo that I forgot to bring water. This was a big mistake because although Pedasí is a small town, it has winding country roads that seem to never end. It was scorching hot but somehow I still managed to take some amazing pictures. I was so focused into taking photos, that I just followed the road without knowing if I was going in the right direction (the lost traveler). I was probably dehydrated but my adventurous spirit would not let me turn back.

The back roads of Pedasí . Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

This area of Panama was a great contrast to Panama city. Panama City is always busy and loud with a lot of traffic. Pedasí  was the opposite. It was quiet, slow-paced, calm and surrounded by nature. I was even saluted with a good morning by the locals. It helped me forgot about my dehydration for a few minutes.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

The further I walked, I noticed all kinds of birds stopping to get water. I felt like these birds were taunting me as I felt like SpongeBob SquarePants when he is taken out of the water and placed on dry land. The heat was really getting to me but I would not stop going because I had already came a long way. As I roasted under the Panamanian sun, I finally was given a sign.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

I was so excited that a beach was near by that I found strength to start jogging. All I could think about was the ocean water. As I pushed myself to keep going, I reminded myself that many tourists and even Panamanians never get the chance to see this hidden gem. As I arrived, I felt like I ran a 100K run and I was the first at the finish line.

Entrance to Playa Toro (Bull Beach). Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

The journey was definitely worth it. This beach was a hidden gem and I was so grateful for it. It was so early in the morning that I was the only one on the beach. I played in the water like a kid and had an Instagram moment. It was such an amazing feeling to connect with the sounds of the waves as the water splashed on me.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.
Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

Bull Beach was very refreshing! Pedasí  has a wide selection of beaches to choose from. You can also visit Playa La Garita and Playa Venao. There are also several islands to visit. Island hopping is a huge attraction for visitors. One can visit Isla Iguana. This island is named after the black iguanas that are found here. This island also has 2 beaches: Playa El Cirial and Playa El Faro. You have to take boats to reach this hidden island.

Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.
Photo Courtesy of Tony Polanco.

I was so proud of myself as I relived my hot body with ocean water. I even did a little hip hop freestyle because I was really having the time of my life. After taking videos and many pictures, I headed back to my family to let them know what I saw. I really felt like an explorer.

As I returned back to the town square, I was ready for breakfast and to return to Bull beach with the family. Who would have known that you could finds such a charming scene in the back roads of  Pedasí? Pedasí is one of those small towns that left a huge impression on my heart.

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17 thoughts on “Exploring the Back Roads of Pedasí

  1. lol – so the moral of the story is to never, ever, forget to take water with you – even if it’s raining!

    A great post, and some lovely photographs. It looks like a lovely place, and I agree that no matter where you are in the world, it’s amazing what you can find if you get off the beaten track and wander off down the back roads – especially in small towns. Near where I live in the UK there’s a very famous village in the Cotswolds that gets all the tourists, but they all stick to the high/main street where the river is. If you go back one or two streets, the beautiful buildings are the same, and there are loads of back roads to explore – but there’s nobody there except the locals! it’s very weird.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking a look – I’ll certainly be back here as you have some very interesting stuff going on.


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  2. I took spanish when I was in college and whatever that is left can only allow me to understand the word playa the beach lol Its a beautiful place you went to and it reminds me of Peru. I love it when I was in the Amazon. Have you been there?

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  3. Nice photos and story of your adventure there.

    Reminds me of my trip to Costa Rica some years ago ~ especially the huge contrast between the busy-noisy capital city of San Jose and the much quieter, lusher, communal towns nestled in the mountain valleys & further out towards the Pacific coast. Yes, give me a serene beach (or a cloud forest!) any day.

    And the murals captured here are really great, too. Certainly, it isn’t common across the U.S., but I’ve seen some magnificent wall paintings in the Northeast (Brooklyn, NY and Asbury Park, NJ, for example). Just go to the artsy places. ^_^

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  4. Bull Beach looks amazing! I’ve never been outside of Asia asides from a school trip to Germany but if I ever get a chance to visit Panama or any other place you’ve posted about I’m definitely going to look at your posts for travel destinations.

    P.S. I love how detailed your posts are ^^

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